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November 3, 2015, 10:10 PM

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Akarshan Kumar / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter and Vine rebrand favorites as likes, replace star icon with heart  —  Hearts on Twitter  —  We hope you like what you see on Twitter and Vine today: hearts!  —  We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we'll be calling them likes.
Bálint Miklós / Gmail Blog:
Gmail launches Smart Reply, suggests up to three responses to emails for quick replies  —  Computer, respond to this email: Introducing Smart Reply in Inbox by Gmail  —  With the holidays approaching and emails coming in at a furious pace, we can all use a little help.
iFixit:
The Microsoft Surface Book earns a 1 out of 10 repairability score with RAM and processor soldered to motherboard and heavily glued components  —  Microsoft Surface Book Teardown  —  Step 1 — Microsoft Surface Book Teardown Just what is a “surface book”?
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Chromecast Can Now Stream Live Television With Added Sling TV Support  —  Sling TV, Dish's streaming live TV service that offers a variety of cable TV channels, including ESPN, is now available on Google's Chromecast.  The forthcoming addition of Sling TV support was first announced in September …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 42 arrives with tracking protection for private browsing mode, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android  —  Firefox 42 arrives with tracking protection, tab audio indicators, and background link opening on Android  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 42 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.
Elle Hunt / Guardian:
Australian model edits captions on her old Instagram posts, transforming her popular account into a screed against the inauthenticity of social media  —  Essena O'Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’  —  Australian teenager with more than 612,000 Instagram followers …
Peg Brickley / Wall Street Journal:
Apple and GT Advanced reach new settlement on remaining debt of $439M  —  Apple and Sapphire Supplier Reach New Accord on $439 Million Loan  —  Deal calls for Nov. 23 auction of equipment and awaits bankruptcy judge's approval  —  GT Advanced Technologies Inc. has reached an accord …
Financial Times:
Activision Blizzard to buy King Digital Entertainment, the company behind the Candy Crush games, for $5.9B  —  Activision to buy Candy Crush's King for $5.9bn  —  Activision Blizzard has agreed to acquire King Digital Entertainment, the London-based group behind the hugely popular Candy …

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